Nato was not defeated in Afghanistan, says defence secretary

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Britain’s defence secretary has denied that the Afghanistan war ended in defeat, two months after the retreat of Nato forces and the Taliban’s retaking of Kabul.

Speaking at a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, Ben Wallace said the US, British and other Nato forces had lacked “resolve” – while pointing the finger at the US.

Mr Wallace said it was “reasonable” to expect the Afghan army, which melted away in the face of a rapid Taliban advance as soon as Nato troops withdrew, to have held out longer.

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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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